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Jaclyn José just won Best Actress at the 69th Cannes Film Festival
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While you were sleeping, Jaclyn José was awarded Best Female Actress/Best Performance by an Actress at the Closing Ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Jaclyn won for her role as a sari-sari store owner forced to sell drugs to survive in Brilliante Mendoza’s MA’Rosa.

The 52-year-old veteran Filipina actress was a surprise winner despite lukewarm reviews of the film.
But the jury defended their choice, which some critics had thought too small a role.
“The critics were wrong,” said jury member Donald Sutherland. “It’s a big-time leading role.”
“She’s the film,” said Arnaud Desplechin. “She broke my heart.”

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Jury members included George Miller (Director, Writer, Producer – Australia), Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France), Kirsten Dunst (Actress– United States), Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia), Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark), László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria), Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer – France), Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran), Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada)

Among the strong contenders for Best Actress were Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) and Maria Dragus (Graduation), but the rules do not allow the jury to award more than one prize for winners of the top three categories.

Watch the trailer:

And the emotional Filipino ensemble after the red carpet screening last May 19th.

Here’s the complete list of winners in the 69th Cannes Film Festival:

Palme d’Or Short Metage: Timecode , Juanjo Giménez
Golden Camera: Divine, Houda Benyamina
Gold Award of Honor: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini, for Customer, Asghar Farhadi
Best actress: Jaclyn Jose, for Ma’Rosa, Brillante Mendoza
Jury Prize: American Honey, Andrea Arnold
Screenplay: Asghar Fahradi for Customer
Award for Best Director: tie for Bachelor of Cristian Mungiu and Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas
Grand Jury Prize: Just the end of the world by Xavier Dolan
Golden Palm: I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach

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To know more about MA’Rosa in competition, click HERE.

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Chuva’s best dressed: Cannes 2016
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I have never been to Cannes and probably never will.
When I think of Cannes Film Festival, I usually think you have to look like a red carpet bombshell, like Blake Lively.

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So intimidating. But then, looking at Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed, I realized you don’t always have to have the bombshell look.
Here are my favorite looks from Cannes 2016, in no particular order:
Chloe Sevigny, because she wears what she wants and has unique style

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Soko, who looks like a doll

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Soko 2: Love this, except the shoes

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Celine Sallette: French seaside chic

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Victoria Beckham on the red carpet

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Barbara Palvin

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Vanessa Paradis

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Eleonora Carisi, minus the Mole

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Eva Longoria

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Daria Strokous

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Araya Hargate in Gaultier

Araya Hargate in Gaultier

Not on my list, but Andi Eigenmann was also included in Vanity Fair’s List. The 25-year-old Filipina actress wore Patty Ang for the photo call of Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’Rose.

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My worst dressed: Marion Cotillard, who looks like she’s wearing a bad Barong Tagalog with a skirt

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PS. There is a God!! I’m so happy to see Kate Moss is now a regular woman’s size. Tao siya!

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I need an expert opinion on a bad dream
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I just woke up from a bad dream and I need your opinion.
It was 2 PM and our yaya and I were in Alabang, starving. We decided to stop at an inasal restaurant to buy food but the place was filthy.
We were led to a dirty table.
I told him, I can’t sit there. It’s filthy.
Yaya and I walked around to look for a cleaner spot but all the tables were filthy and covered with liquid, soda spills, etc.

As a restaurant owner I really hate seeing dirty tables and idle waiters. So I screamed and lost it.
I was so mad, I threw a ball that hit a grocery cart which started to move. A car avoided it and crashed into another car.
I thought of escaping with my yaya, but I knew it was wrong. So I stayed until the police questioned me.
Unfortunately I woke up before the lawyer could tell me what the settlement was.
Can anyone guess how much the settlement should be? Nobody died or was hurt, but two cars were damaged, both small. One was an old rickety model, and one was brand new, similar to these:

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Thank you for any expert opinion.

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Winners: Back to school giveaway
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Thank you for more than 700 entries to my latest giveaway!
Ten winners were chosen via random.org.

Five of them will receive a junior balikbayan box filled with Oishi’s newest snacks and notepad.

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They are:
• Rolyn Novero of Makati
• Diana Ross Villanueva of Antipolo
• Leilani Sonza of Quezon City
• Ara Padilla of Quezon City
• Albert Lanot of Pasay City

Another five just won lunch kits filled with school supplies

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They are:
• Malou Samodio of Bulacan
• Wheng Lizaso of Bulacan
• Elldon King Arabit of Binagonan
• Monalisa Arquiza of Davao
• Melanie Pacer of Angono

Winners, please check your email for address verfication.
Thanks to Oishi, National Book Store and Tickles for the prizes!
Please watch out for my next giveaway very soon.

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